Ryan Giggs says Manchester United’s doubters should take note of the Reds’ opening day 4-1 win at Swansea, and the 39-year-old believes the performances will only get better.
Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both scored two goals to clinch the win at the Liberty Stadium, ensuring victory for the reigning champions, and Giggs says it can be taken as a message to those questioning United’s ability to retain the crown.
“The players don’t take any notice of where people expect us to finish. I got told last week that we were third favourites, but we know the quality we have got in the club,” the Welshman told MUTV. “We can improve on today’s performance, and we will need to. But don’t underestimate the result. To come to Swansea and win first and foremost, then to score four goals, is something special.
“Individually and as a team we can get better. The players know that, we’re not getting too excited as we know it’s only the first game of the season. We can improve and we have to.”
Giggs played a part in United’s first goal, laying on the pass – albeit via a deflection – for van Persie to fire the Reds in front. Three of the four goals were very well taken, but Giggs was impressed with their timing as much as the technique involved.
“There were some great goals for us and importantly they came at a good time,” he added. “Robin and Danny’s goal knocked the stuffing out of Swansea. The two goals in the second half were tremendous finishes, that’s what we’re capable of.
“Danny (Welbeck) has had a great week. It’s probably up there with Rickie Lambert’s week. As a centre forward he’ll want to score goals and he’s got three this week and he’ll be buzzing.”
Giggs was replaced just after the hour mark when Wayne Rooney came off the bench for his first appearance of the new season. But that wasn’t the end of the Welshman’s involvement in the game. As a player-coach, he could still have an input from the bench.